Greenland power adapters - what plugs are used in Greenland?

Greenlandic power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Greenland all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use in a Greenlandic power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device uses then read the section below on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Greenlandic power outlet then you can use it in Greenland without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Greenlandic power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Greenland such a Type E plug adapter [2]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Greenland (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Greenland, but can't convert the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Greenland to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Greenland if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you want to power USB devices such as a tablet or cell phone then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose a USB travel adapter which has a Type E plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Greenland.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your device in Greenland please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

If planning a trip it is helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to use any indispensable devices like mobile phones and laptop computers when you arrive. By not knowing which power socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore needing to borrow a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival. Differing frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Greenland. This page has links to step by step instructions which shows how to charge your devices when you're in Greenland by using their types E, C, F or K 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, please note Type E wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Greenlanders. Most power is different depending on which region you are visiting so please read the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries. We recommend referring to the Greenland Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information.

Greenland power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Greenland?

If the shape of the Greenlandic power outlet is different to the power plug that you are using then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't physically fit into a Greenlandic power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Greenland, and because the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to bring a power converter for Greenland to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Greenland?

The best power adapter for Greenland is a Type E plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Greenland?

Greenland power outlets

What type of power outlets are in Greenland?

There are four different types of power supply used in Greenland, types E, C, F and K with the primary power supply being type E:

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded power socket, also called the type C socket or Europlug, can be identified by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type E - The circular plug supply (technically called a CEE 7/7 plug) can be identified by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other and a long metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangle configuration.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise this power socket by two large round adjacent holes where the twin pins go, plus a pair of thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type K - You can identify the power supply by the 3 large holes in an inverted triangular shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
What type of power outlets are in Greenland?

What voltage is used in Greenland?

The common residential voltage in Greenland is 220 volts.

Is the voltage in Greenland the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Greenlandic power outlet is 220 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your American charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for Greenland which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

Are Greenlandic power outlets the same as US?

An American plug won't fit in a Greenlandic power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Greenland. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Greenland and ensure that it works with 50hz.

What electrical frequency is used in Greenland?

The frequency used in a Greenlandic power outlet is 50 Hz.

Greenland USB chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Greenland?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than one device the best international travel charger for Greenland to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Greenlanders use four different standards of power outlets (types E, C, F and K) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads over. If your type of device supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, along with support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your devices at an airport or on the flight. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible power adapter like this online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Greenland?

Why use a travel USB charger for Greenland?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. It cuts down on the weightand size of your luggage by only bringing a single USB wall charger rather than bringing several different chargers along.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various power outlet types. This is suitable if visiting multiple countries across North America which will probably use a different outlet to Greenland.
  • Good USB travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which might be hard to repair or replace in Greenland.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 220 volt power outlets in Greenland plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that accommodation or hotel bedrooms in Greenland might only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single power supply with all your devices instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Due to their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure gates can be scarce and demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Greenland could prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Higher priced USB chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to allow you to use low wattage devices such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information see the guide on using travel appliances in Greenland for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for a Greenlandic power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Certain mobile phones might require more than the usual 500 milliamps supplied by a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB chargers can also be used by charging multiple mobile phones overnight using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Greenland?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Greenland and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Greenland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Greenland.

Power converters for Greenland

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Greenland?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Greenland?

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] converts the voltage of 220 volts from a Greenlandic power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, whereas a cheaper and smaller power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Greenland.

Do I need a power converter for Greenland?

When travelling to Greenland from a different region ensure that your device can be used with a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Greenland from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

See the WikiConnections world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if a device is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the appliance itself, normally on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location might vary depending on the make and model of your device but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Greenlandic power outlet

Clothes iron
clothes iron

Curling iron
curling iron

Hair dryer
hair dryer

Hair straighteners
hair straighteners

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Greenlandic power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Greenlandic power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to a Greenlandic power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Greenlandic power outlet

iPhone
iPhone

iPhone 3G
iPhone 3G

iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3GS

iPhone 4
iPhone 4

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S

iPhone 5
iPhone 5

iPhone 5C
iPhone 5C

iPhone 5S
iPhone 5S

iPhone 6
iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Greenlandic power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Greenlandic power outlet

Kindle Fire 1st generation
Kindle Fire 1st generation

Kindle Fire 2nd generation
Kindle Fire 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation

Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Greenlandic power outlet

iPad
iPad

iPad 2
iPad 2

iPad 3
iPad 3

iPad 4
iPad 4

iPad Air
iPad Air

iPad Air 2
iPad Air 2

iPad Mini
iPad Mini

iPad Mini 2
iPad Mini 2

iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 4

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenland - Greenlandic Wikipedia web page.
  2. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E power outlets without converting voltage.
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  5. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  6. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter
  7. Power converter - A step up step down power converter transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  8. https://www.amazon.com/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451321648&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011%5Cc2888054011&rnid=2887998011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=A6EA2MIBWUPLQKJD - Step Down Voltage Converter
  9. International travel voltage converter - Travel voltage converters change the voltage of an electrical power supply by stepping up or stepping down the voltage and are often compact units which support both plug sockets and USB charging.